• About the book

    Bishop Area Rock Climbs is the quintessential climbing guide to the Eastern Sierra South surrounding Bishop, California. It includes bouldering, trad climbing, sport climbing and multi-pitch climbing over a vast area. Bishop Area Rock Climbs has it all! Please note that this book does not include the climbing at Owens River Gorge. Click here for the new, updated, dedicated guidebook to this great sport climbing area! Inside this book you'll find beta for a selection of bouldering at the Happy and Sad volcanic boulders which lie just outside town. The Bishop Bouldering guide is what you want for a dedicated bouldering trip to the area. Check out the Bishop Visitor's Center for some information on the local climbing areas and businesses to patronize while in Bishop.

    Areas covered

    • Alabama Hills
    • Whitney Portal
    • Buttermilk Country
    • Cardinal Pinnacle
    • Happy and Sad Boulders
    • Buttermilk Country
    • Pine Creek

    About the authors

    Peter Croft was born in Canada, but escaped the cold and wet and now resides in Bishop. He has written numerous essays, articles, and guidebooks, and is an authority on climbing in the Sierras. Find some of his Sierra favorites in his book The Good, the Great, and the Awesome. In addition to writing and climbing for fun, Peter also works as a climbing guide for Sierra Mountain Guides. Information on their services is found here. Marty Lewis has lived in the Eastern Sierra for over 30 years. He owns and runs Maximus Press, and lives in Bishop with wife Sharon and canine friends.

    Details

    • Bishop Area Rock Climbs 3rd edition
    • 2008 Maximus Press
    • by Peter Croft & Marty Lewis
    • 335 pages in black and white
    • 9780967611693
     
  • About the book

    If you like sport climbing on vertical to overhanging volcanic rock in the sun, you'll have big days of fun climbing at the Big Chief area near Lake Tahoe, California. Located at 7,000 feet in the mountains between Truckee and Tahoe, this is one of the best cool weather crags in the Tahoe region. Complemented with plentiful camping, the volcanic rock makes for a nice switch from the more typical granite found around Tahoe. Big Chief Area Climbs provides clear, concise beta that has been checked and rechecked. In fact, the author himself climbed almost every single route to verify the accuracy of all the info herein!

    Areas included

    • Big Chief
    • Light Deprivation Buttress
    • Little Chief
    • Sawtooth Ridge
    • Fun circuit ideas are suggested.
    Updates to the area can be found here (although there haven't been changes in a few years).

    About the author

    Marek Hajek grew up in the Czech Republic, and moved to Lake Tahoe in 1989. His friend Don Harder introduced him to climbing in 1992. Progress for Marek was slow, but he steadily worked up to having ticked all but three climbs in the Big Chief area. Marek married his wife Trang in 2001, and they live in Reno and climb in Tahoe as much as possible.

    Details

    • Big Chief Area Climbs
    • 2005 Maximus Press
    • by Marek Hajek
    • 96 pages in black and white
    • 9789067611679
     
  • About the book

    A Climber’s Guide to Big Bear Lake and Holcomb Valley Pinnacles is the essential guide to climbing near Big Bear Lake in California’s San Bernardino Mountains. It features over 1000 trad and sport routes! You’ll even find a little bouldering too. The most popular climbing area here is the famed Holcomb Valley Pinnacles, loved for its steep, well-featured, granite sport climbs. The Pinnacles are covered in full detail, but if you want to do some social distancing, there is beta here for scores of crags where you might not see a single person. Moderate sport climbs may have put Big Bear on the map, but there is something perfect here for everyone, from easy slabs, to remote pinnacles, to trad cracks of all kinds. Awesome camping abounds. While most people think of summer climbing at Big Bear, fall and even winter climbing is easy to find. The pine-covered hills, quaint mountain town, and expansive lake offer all kinds of rest-day fun. With never-before-published crags, extensive maps, and new routes for every skill level, this full-color, comprehensive guidebook promises years of climbing adventures in LA’s backyard.

    Areas included

    • Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
    • Lakeside crags including Castle Rock and Fisherman’s Buttress
    • Fawnskin area including Hanna Rocks and Holcomb Creek
    • Grapevine Canyon area, including Butt Rock
    • Black Bluff and Siberia Creek
    • North Shore Boulders

    Author

    Brandon Copp’s other job is aerospace engineer, and he has applied that same careful attention to detail in this guidebook. You’ll appreciate that when you’re looking for precise driving directions to a remote crag, or the respective grades of each of three variations to a route at your favorite Holcomb crag. What you won’t find is drab writing  — Copp’s love of the area shines through bright and clear. Learn more about Brandon and wife Jackie and their adventures in their travel blog, Go Escape The Ordinary.

    Details

    • Big Bear Lake & Holcomb Valley Pinnacles 1st edition
    • 2020 Wolverine Publishing
    • by Brandon Copp
    • 364 full color pages
    • 9781938393372
  • About the book:

    California's Eastern Sierra has some of the world's best backcountry skiing and snowboarding. This region's blessings are many: a deep snowpack, sunny skies, and high-elevation peaks. Top all that with easy access and you have a backcountry skier's dream come true. Such great terrain deserves a great book, and this one makes the grade, covering every major peak and canyon in the range, describing almost 300 descents. With so much to choose from, no matter what your skill level, the perfect challenge awaits you in the Sierra backcountry. From the moderate bowls of the Sherwins to the high-alpine exposure of Mt. Whitney, you'll find a run that's just right for you. In fact, you'll find many! If you're an expert, you can take on of the most extreme skiing challenges in America. Packed with color photographs, this book is your ticket to a lifetime of adventure.

    Features:

    • expanded and improved third edition
    • ~300 ski descents (many more than the second edition!)
    • full color throughout
    • revealing terrain photography + inspiring action photos
    • thorough introduction addresses Sierra seasons, weather, avalanche danger, skiing history, and more
    • at-a-glance "beta boxes" with aspect, slope angle, summit elevation, vertical feet, hiking distance, terrain type
    • the best skiing in the world!!
    • $1 from each book sale benefits the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center!
    You may also purchase the guide as an app, available from Rakkup.

    About the authors:

    Nate Greenberg grew up in the mountains, backpacking and skiing throughout the Sierra. Since 2000, Nate has called the Eastern Sierra home, and is committed to helping the region's adventure opportunities expand. In 2005, along with the help of a group of dedicated individuals, Nate helped form the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, providing backcountry users the information they need to stay safe in avalanche terrain. Nate currently resides in Crowley Lake. Dan Mingori moved to Mammoth in 1999, after 20 years of honing his snowboard skills on the East Coast. Married to his snowboard, he spent most of his time at Mammoth Mountain, soon shifting his energy from the chairlifts to the backcountry. Surrounded by an endless playground of mountains, Dan developed a handful of other hobbies, including a renewed interest in photography. He has since moved to Colorado, so we really hope to see some of his photography featuring snowscapes a little closer to home!

    Details:

    • Backcountry Skiing CA's Eastern Sierra (3rd ed.)
    • 2018 Wolverine Publishing
    • By Nate Greenberg and Dan Mingori
    • 368 full-color pages
    • 9781938393334
  • Sale!

    About the book

    Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America is a large-format showcase of the continent's most iconic ski mountaineering descents, from Alaska to New Hampshire. Created by ski mountaineers Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard, it is a stunning coffee-table book, but more than that, it is a treasure trove of  ski mountaineering wisdom.  It taps deep into local skier's knowledge. Contributors include Jimmy Chin, Lou Dawson, Andrew McLean, Glen Plake, Lowell Skoog, Chic Scott, and Ptor Spricenieks. These experts give first-person descriptions of their favorite ski descents and insightful perspectives on ski mountaineering past, present, and future. Whether you are planning an expedition to Baffin Island to ski the Polar Star Couloir or heading out for dawn patrol on Mount Superior in Utah's Wasatch Range, or just wish you were going to one of those places, Fifty Classic Ski Descents is a visual feast of ski mountaineering in North America.
    • 208 pages of gorgeous action and mountain images from some of North America's top photographers
    • 11 x 11 inches of hardbound goodness
    • famous peaks including North Maroon Bell, the Grand Teton, Mt. Whitney, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood, Mt. Robson, Mt. St. Elias, and Denali
    • conversations with great ski alpinists
    • the perfect gift for any serious skier

    A challenge

     50 Classic Ski Descents was inspired by a similarly themed climbing book, 50 Classic Climbs in North America, by Allen Steck and Steve Roper. Attempts have been made by individuals to climb those 50 Classics, but no one has yet been successful. As in the climbing book, the lines in  50 Classic Ski Descents were chosen for their combination of history, notoriety, purity and beauty of line, the status of the peak or formation — and their general membership in the "this is what I'd like to climb / ski before I die" club. Bucket-list stuff, some accessible and moderate, some ambitious, plus a few ringers thrown in for which only the very skilled need apply. Enter Cody Townsend, who sets out to ski them all, documented in a project called "The Fifty". He's attempting to complete his mission in as few seasons as possible, enlisting his trusted partner Bjarne Salen to video the endeavor. Let the record show that another contender has the same goal, but Cody's our man, and we regularly check his YouTube channel for his latest — always replete with stunning mountain scenery, a fun cast of local characters from each new descent, and some great, gritty, hardcore ski footage. Check out this video for a great introduction to his project and the ski descents in the book.

    Details

    • 2010 North American Classics Publishing
    • by Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard
    • 202 pages. Color. Hard cover.
    • 9780982615430
    Please note that shipping costs are $8.99 and $15.99 for media and priority mail, respectively.

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